North Elite Swimmers support End Polio Now

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Back in February 2017 the Rotary Club of East Sutherland held a Charity Swimarathon at Golspie and raised well over £2,500 thanks to the Brora Rotakids and the generous people of Sutherland   This figure was increased to over £15,000 thanks to Rotary Foundation and Bill Gates of Microsoft providing matching funds to the sums raised.  On the same day the North of Scotland elite young swimmers were training at Golspie and were impressed by the enthusiasm and the charitable effort of everyone involved.  So much so that they took away sponsor sheets and set their own targets in endurance swimming and set about raising cash for the cause.

Since then several of them have made it into Scottish swim squads and become North of Scotland Champions, something they can only achieve while we are blessed with swimming pools and training facilities in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross-shire.  These wonderful young athletes need to train every day and are every bit as accomplished and dedicated as their southern rivals and it is a big worry to them and an inhibitor to their success when they hear of threatened closures and limited opening hours as they aim for National and perhaps Olympic glory in the future.

t this weekend’s training session they returned their sponsor sheets and were delighted to discover that they had raised £400 towards combating the spread of Polio and even more delighted to hear that Rotary and the Gates Foundation will increase that figure to almost £4,000. This equates to £800 from each of the 5 young swimmers who took partThey were Lucy Doran, Elise Cousen, Emma Mill, Lewis Sutherland, and Kate Mill under the encouragement of their coaches Kenny Shuttleworth and Dorothy McLean

Rotary club President John Chambers was on hand to accept the cash and said that “having experienced the generosity and the spontaneous kindness of the elite swimmers he was confident that the future was in good hands and hoped that each of them would find success in sport and in life as they were an example not just to their school chums but to everyone in the North”

The Swimarathon was introduced to Scotland by local Rotarian Alistair Risk and has over the last 9 years raised almost £1 million pounds for Polio and good causes across Scotland.  Next February's Swim will hopefully see the £1,000,000 barrier broken.  And the elite swimmers have already signed up to be part of that challenge.

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 Alistair Risk, Dorothy McLean, and Kenny Shuttleworth and friends along with Lucy Doran, Elise Cousen. Kate and Emma Mill and Lewis Sutherland watching President John Chambers and Youth Chair Fiona Risk accepting the £400 donation.

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